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Diamond League: Anthonique Fifth Overall In 200 Metres

Anthonique Strachan

Anthonique Strachan

By RENALDO DORSETT

Sports Reporter

rdorsett@tribunemedia.net

IT has been a busy few weeks for Bahamian sprinter Anthonique Strachan and she capped this past weekend with her third race on the Diamond League Circuit.

Strachan raced to a fifth place finish in the 200m in 22.89s at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix yesterday afternoon.

Diamond League leader Jeneba Tarmoh of the United States took first place in a season’s best time of 22.29s. She finished ahead of fellow American world leader Allyson Felix who was second in an identical time of 22.29s.

Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain was third in 22.30s and Rosangela Santos finished fourth in 22.77s.

Hosted at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England, the meet featured 14 Olympic champions and 27 World champions.

Just two days prior, Strachan competed in her second leg of the IAAF Diamond League series in Rome, Italy. She finished in 22.91s, an identical time to third place finisher Simone Facey of Jamaica.

Tarmoh took first place in 22.77s, while Kerron Stewart of Jamaica was second in 22.88s.

When the Diamond League started on May 15 in Doha, Qatar, there was an immediate Bahamian presence with Strachan picking up a third place finish in her signature event.

Strachan clocked a season’s best of 22.69s in the 200m to trail Allyson Felix, who won in 21.98s with Murielle Ahoure, of the Ivory Coast, second in 22.29s.

Strachan,the IAAF Rising Star award winner in 2012, is tied for No.5 on the Diamond League standings in the 200m with the single point earned at the Doha meet.

The next Diamond League meeting takes place in Oslo, Norway, on June 11.

The IAAF Diamond League is comprised of 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world. The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and are part of the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure. The series, which began in 2010, showcases 32 event disciplines which are carefully distributed among the meetings.

In each discipline, there is a Diamond Race with points available throughout the 14-meeting season. Winners of each Diamond Race receive a US$40,000 cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy.

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